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Sunday, December 12, 2004

The strange relationship between Mike Chinoy, the KMT, and China

He's their lapdog, plain as day

In a report I saw on the 3 PM (local time) edition of CNN World News, Mike Chinoy distorted the fuck out of all things great and small.

The first thing that stood out was his claim that President Chen Shui-bian was planning to change the country's official name from "Republic of China" to "Taiwan." Chen has stated repeatedly that if this is done, it must be done through a public referendum.

Chinoy also played an ugly language trick which will be lost on those who can't read Chinese. One of the shots in his report clearly showed pan-blue supporters holding a Chinese-language sign reading "Zha qi zong tong, ren ren de ke zhu zhi" This means, "Cheater president, anyone can murder him," and is a very slight variation of the words KMT chairman Lien Chan spoke early last month when he encouraged such despicable behavior.

Do you think this shot was just coincidental? I don't.

On CNN's web site, an introduction of Chinoy says this [Emphasis mine]:
Fluent in Mandarin, Chinoy earned a bachelor's degree in Chinese studies from Yale University and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Hmmmm? Dude, where's the fluency, and where's the journalism?!

Oh, I suppose Chinoy could use the excuse that he's not fluent in English as a last resort [Emphasis mine]:
"All relevant agencies in international settings that are easily confused with those of China should gradually rectify their names [to Taiwan,]" Chen said at a news conference held at the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).


"Domestically, we should do away with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)-like phenomena of no differentiation between party and state," Chen said.


Saying that he is the defender of Taiwan's identity, Chen said that to highlight Taiwan's identity is not tantamount to changing the country's official national title.

"Until a majority consensus with the public is reached and formed, to hastily push for a change to the country's name would only divide people's power and affect the country's unity," Chen said.
Apparently the pan-blues didn't "feed" Chinoy this info, and/or he chose not to read it.

Chinoy's bio also fails to mention what his reporting (original Chinese version) reveals: his close relationship with the KMT and his apparent hatred of Chen Shui-bian's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Chinoy, maintaining his complete lack of journalistic integrity, only gets quotes from the pan-blue side of the story on the March 19, 2004 shooting of Chen and his running mate Annette Lu. Take a look at a sample of his reporting on Taiwan politics to see this bias.

"China Boy" Chinoy -- stay the fuck away from Taiwan! CNN -- send someone who: A) can speak Chinese; B) can speak Taiwanese; C) can speak English; and D) can be a real journalist!
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